The Charlotte Hornets are on the road again as they take on the Memphis Grizzlies in a Friday night showdown at the FedEx Forum.
Charlotte enters this contest at 3-5 and has lost two in a row and four of their last five. Meanwhile, Memphis sits at 5-3 and is coming off a win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.
Charlotte Hornets at Memphis Grizzlies: Odds and Moneyline (FanDuel)
Point Spread: Grizzlies -11
Money line: Grizzlies -590 / Hornets +440
Charlotte Hornets at Memphis Grizzlies: Injury Report
Hornets: Terry Rozier (right ankle sprain) and Cody Martin (left quad soreness) are DOUBTFUL. LaMelo Ball (left ankle sprain) and Gordon Hayward (left shoulder contusion) are OUT.
Charlotte Hornets at Memphis Grizzlies: Key Statistic
Free throw shooting
Tonight’s game is a battle of the two worst free throw shooting teams in the NBA this season. Memphis is shooting a league-worst 69.9% from the foul line, while Charlotte is 29th at 70.9%.
Charlotte Hornets at Memphis Grizzlies: Key Matchup
Kelly Oubre Jr. vs. Desmond Bane
With the projected absences of Ball, Rozier, and Hayward, Kelly Oubre Jr. will need to step up in a major way for the Hornets to have a chance in this one. The eighth-year veteran has averaged 17.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while shooting 36.8% from three-point range. Oubre had a remarkable performance the last time Charlotte played in Memphis, as he scored 37 points to lead the Hornets to a 118-108 victory.
Desmond Bane tends to fly under the radar compared to backcourt teammate Ja Morant, but Bane has had a tremendous start to the season in his own right. The third-year guard from TCU is averaging 24.9 points, 5.0 assists, and 5.1 rebounds and is shooting 46.9% from three-point range.
Charlotte Hornets at Memphis Grizzlies: Prediction
A second road game in three days is a tall task for any team, much less a team that figures to be without its top three players and its primary defensive guard. While Charlotte has continued to play hard, they will continue to struggle until Ball, Rozier, Hayward, and Martin can return to the floor.
What’s next for the Charlotte Hornets?
Saturday, November 5th – vs. Brooklyn Nets (7:00 p.m. ET)
Note: Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.